Mum’s heartbreak after Lancashire teen’s death

TRAGEDY: Floral tributes at the scene and, inset, Aaron Cook

TRAGEDY: Floral tributes at the scene and, inset, Aaron Cook

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“I love you, you’re one in a million, see you soon, thank you for everything you’ve done.”

These are the final words Amanda Cook heard from her 16-year-old son, Aaron, before he died.

I love you, you’re one in a million, see you soon, thank you for everything you’ve done.

The Runshaw College student was fatally injured when he fell from a motorway bridge over the M6 at Leyland into the path of a car, and his heartbroken mum said life hadn’t been the same since.

Now driver Mohamed Riaz has admitted failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and driving without insurance following the collision in January last year. Riaz, 58, entered his pleas on the day he was due to stand trial at Preston Crown Court.

The driver, of Emily Street, Birmingham, will return to court to be sentenced on July 6.

Aaron, who lived with his family in Keepers Wood Way, Chorley, was studying childcare at Runshaw College in Leyland and hoped to become a nursery worker.

Amanda, 42, said: “It’s awful, it’s horrible, no parent should have to bury a child.

“The last text I got from Aaron said ‘Mum I love you, you’re one in a million, see you soon, thank you for everything you’ve done.’”

Amanda last saw her son on Boxing Day 2013, and said the family, including her partner Colin, still didn’t know why he died.

She said: “If it wasn’t for my other children and Colin I wouldn’t be here myself.

“He meant absolutely everything to me. I know he was 16 but he was my baby.”

Amanda said she was “relieved” Riaz had pleaded guilty.

She said: “I didn’t want to sit there and listen to what my son had actually done and what injuries he had sustained at the time.

“I don’t have to sit through that – that would have destroyed me, I think.

“I would have had a lot more sympathy for (Riaz) if he had stopped and held his hands up and said I’m really sorry, maybe I would have had a different opinion.”